The IECEE CB Scheme is the world’s first truly international system for mutual acceptance of test reports and certificates dealing with the safety of electrical and electronic components, equipment and products. It is a multilateral agreement among participating countries and certification organizations. A manufacturer utilizing a CB test certificate issued by one of the accepted National Certification Bodies (NCBs) can obtain certification marks of the latter, within their scope of adherence, in the countries where the accepted NCBs are located.
The Scheme is essentially based on the use of international (IEC) Standards. If some members’ national standards are not yet completely harmonized with IEC Standards, national differences, Special National Conditions (SNC) and Regulatory Requirements are permitted subject to formally declaring and detailing them to the IECEE Secretariat for further publication. The CB Scheme utilizes CB Test Certificates to attest that product samples have successfully passed the test conditions and are in compliance with the requirements of the relevant IEC Standard(s). When applicable, the CB Test Certificate and its associated Test Report can also include declared national differences, Special National Conditions (SNC) and Regulatory Requirements of various member countries.
The main objective of the Scheme, is to facilitate trade by promoting harmonization of the national standards with international Standards and cooperation among accepted NCBs worldwide in order to bring product manufacturers a step closer to the ideal concept of “one product, one test, one mark, where applicable”.